Friday, December 8, 2017

Dear Abby - Famous TV Dogs: Eddie from Frasier

Dear Friends,

I will be taking a break from my Famous TV Dogs series after this week, but wanted to share one more favorite dog with you.  Eddie, the Jack Russell Terrier from Frasier, is my Momma's favorite TV dog, and I am partial to him myself.  Regular readers will know that I am a "Doxie-Jack" (Dachshund - Jack Russell Terrier mix), so I love that Eddie is a Jack Russell.
Frasier was a popular TV series that aired from 1993 - 2004.  It tells the story of Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), a radio psychologist who moved back home to Seattle to live with his elderly father, Martin, and Martin's dog buddy, Eddie.  Eddie appears in every episode and usually steals the scenes he is in.

Eddie was originally played by a dog named Moose.  Moose was born in 1990 in Florida.  He was a little too rambunctious for his original family, and they rehomed him with someone who trained dogs for television and movies.  Early in his career Moose appeared in the movie My Dog Skip

Moose trained for six months for the role of Eddie on Frasier.  His signature trick was giving Frasier a long, hard stare.  

Eddie stares at Frasier's photo
The actors would dab sardine oil and liver pate on their faces to encourage Moose to lick them on cue.

Eddie and Martin (John Mahoney)
Moose was made more famous by a calendar, and by a book called My Life as a Dog by  Brian Hargrove.

When Moose quit acting, his son Enzo took over the role for the last four seasons of the show.

Moose the dog later retired with his son Enzo.  He had a long life and passed away of natural causes at home at the age of 15 1/2.

Here is a little clip of Eddie giving his famous stare on Frasier:

Do you remember Eddie the dog from Frasier?  I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  I'll touch base next week before the holidays.

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Book Synopsis
Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list—dealing with Madi’s temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi—how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple—he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all—letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

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My Review
Harriet Knight is a Manhattan dog walker.  She is a kind but timid person, and challenges herself to do one thing that scares her each day in December.   One of the things she tries is online dating.  As a result of a disastrous blind date, she escapes a restaurant through a bathroom window and turns her ankle.  When she has it checked out in a local hospital, she meets a handsome doctor named Ethan Black.  She goes home, assuming this was a one time meeting.  To Harriet's surprise, when she is called on to help with an unexpected dog walking - and pet sitting - challenge, it is at Ethan's apartment. Ethan is taking care of his sister's lovable - but destructive - spaniel named Madi.  Madi has separation anxiety and needs constant company.  That is where Harriet comes in.  As she stays at Ethan's apartment to help Madi, sparks fly, and it turns out to be a very special December for them both.

Moonlight Over Manhattan is part of Sarah Morgan's Manhattan With Love series.  I have read and reviewed several books in this series.  They are all fun reads, but I think Moonlight Over Manhattan is my favorite in the series.  I really enjoyed Harriet as a character.  She is kind and likable, and I admire the way she challenges herself to do things that make her nervous.  Ethan is also a kind hearted person.  They both love books and reading ... and there is even an adorable dog involved!   (Note for fellow dachshund friends - Harriet is fostering a dachshund for a rescue group early in the book.)

I loved the glimpses of Manhattan over the holidays, and enjoyed the wonderful descriptions in this book in general.  For instance:

"They walked along the snowy streets, their breath clouding the freezing air.  This part of Manhattan had a small, intimate feel.  Snow fell like frozen confetti, muffling street noise and carpeting the cobbled streets.  In this part of the street the trees reached across and touched each other, street lamps bathing the snow with an ethereal glow" (p. 167).

All the books in this series are feel good reads, and Moonlight Over Manhattan is no exception.  Harriet and Ethan are likable, kind, caring people whom readers will enjoy getting to know.  They are also well developed characters who have enough little quirks to be really interesting.

Moonlight Over Manhattan is a light, fun holiday read.  It is perfect to enjoy for a few evenings or over a winter weekend.  I recommend it for fans of contemporary romance, feel good reads, and holiday novels.

Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family..


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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours.